Obama romance heads for Sundance

President Barack Obama, along with his family, sing onstage with celebrities during the National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony at the Ellipse in Washington.

President Barack Obama, along with his family, sing onstage with celebrities during the National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony at the Ellipse in Washington.


A romantic drama about US President Barack Obama’s first date with future wife Michelle is among the titles set to be screened at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.

“Southside With You” recreates the summer afternoon in 1989 when the future US president wooed his future First Lady, then Michelle Robinson, in Chicago, BBC reports.

Separately, Obama jumpstarted the holiday season, lighting the National Christmas Tree but also appealing to Americans to “come together as brothers and sisters” a day after 14 people were shot to death in California.

“This is of course the most wonderful time of the year, but we would be remiss not to take a moment to remember our fellow Americans whose hearts are heavy tonight, who grieve for loved ones, especially in San Bernardino, California,” Obama said.

“Their loss is our loss, too. We’re all one American family,” he added.

Moments earlier, the president, his wife, Michelle, daughters Malia and Sasha, and his mother-in-law, Marian Robinson, together flipped a switch and illuminated the Christmas tree near the White House.

As a backdrop to the ceremony, the US flag flew at half-staff atop the White House, on Obama’s orders, in remembrance of the California victims.

Obama closed the ceremony by taking over the microphone to help Santa Claus belt out “Jingle Bells.”

Actress Reese Witherspoon served as host. Musicians Crosby, Stills and Nash, Kelsea Ballerini and Fall Out Boy also performed.


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